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Concrete Curing Guide

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Concrete doesn’t reach its full strength overnight. Say you’ve just laid a new driveway and waited a few hours for it to set: immediately parking a car on it will damage the concrete. It won’t be strong enough yet. Concrete needs to be cured to reach its full strength. The curing process takes time, but […]

Guide To Pouring Concrete in Hot Weather

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The UK is bracing itself for a scorching summer. Temperatures are soaring into the thirties, showing no signs of letting up, so for those of us planning to get stuck into some construction, what effect will the heat have? Pouring concrete in hot weather can be a challenge for the unprepared, but by checking out […]

How to Lay a Concrete Shed Base

Building a new shed is a great summer project to work on — but before you can start thinking about getting the shed itself in place, you’ve got to make sure you’re working on a strong, sturdy foundation. In this guide, we’re looking at the steps you need to take to lay a concrete shed […]

How to Lay a Concrete Driveway

Laying a driveway is one of the most popular uses for ready mix concrete. Properly done, a finished concrete driveway will be attractive, strong and long-lasting, but getting to that point will take a fair bit of preparation and patience. To help you get the best results, we’ve put together this step-by-step guide on how […]

Concrete Pricing Guide

If you’ve ever tried to purchase concrete before, you’ve probably noticed that prices vary between mixes and suppliers. This isn’t done to confuse people; it is simply a result of a wide range of variables that impact the final price of a concrete mix. In this article, the Total Concrete team will discuss some of […]

Concrete Slump Tests – Measuring the Workability of Concrete

Concrete slump tests are a routine procedure carried out on a fresh concrete mix to determine its consistency before it is poured. The test is incredibly simple and is a great, quick method to check that multiple batches of the same concrete are consistent. Let’s take a look at the concrete slump test in more […]

What Is In 1 Cubic Metre Mix of Concrete?

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Concrete is one of the most versatile construction materials available, and by far the most popular. Used for an endless variety of building projects, there is a huge range of concrete mixes to suit specific applications, so the proportions of each mix need to be measured with precision. In this article, we’re looking at the […]

How Long Does Concrete Take to Cure?

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Concrete curing is the method of maintaining appropriate moisture levels in a concrete mix after it has been poured. A satisfactory curing process allows the concrete to reach its maximum strength and reduces the risk of cracking and other issues. But how long does concrete take to cure? The team at Total Concrete have the […]

What’s The Difference Between A Concrete Pump And A Concrete Mixer?

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They’re both key tools in a construction project, helping to make a job quicker, our measurements more accurate and our processes tidier, but to the uninitiated, the difference between concrete pumps and mixers can be difficult to identify. That’s why the team at Total Concrete have written this article explaining the two types of equipment. […]

Preparing For Your Concrete

How To Prepare For Your Concrete

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